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British Airways Osaka deal, and get a £100 Emirates / Amex credit

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News in brief:

British Airways Club World deal to Osaka

BA is offering a £1,999 deal on Club World seats to Osaka, but with very restricted dates.  You need to travel between 1st and 15th April and book by 11th March.

To maximise your miles when paying, your best bet is the British Airways American Express Premium Plus card which earns double Avios (3 per £1) when you book at ba.com or via BA Holidays.  You do not get double Avios if you book with the free British Airways American Express card.  Another option is American Express Preferred Rewards Gold which offers double points – 2 per £1 – when you book flight tickets directly with an airline.

£100 Emirates statement credit from Amex

A chunky offer of a £100 Emirates statement credit has appeared on many American Express accounts.  You need to check the ‘Offers’ tab of all of your cards to see if any have been selected.

The £100 refund is triggered when you spend £800 at emirates.com before 31st March.  It is only valid against flights departing from the UK.

How to earn Emirates Skywards miles via UK credit cards

As a reminder, Emirates no longer has its own UK credit card.  However, you can earn Emirates Skywards points by converting Membership Rewards points earned from selected UK American Express cards.  These are:

American Express Preferred Rewards Gold – 10,000 Membership Rewards points sign-up bonus

The Platinum Card from American Express – 30,000 Membership Rewards points sign-up bonus

American Express Rewards credit card – 5,000 Membership Rewards points sign-up bonus

Membership Rewards points convert at 1:1 into Emirates Skywards miles.  The cards above all earn 1 Membership Rewards point per £1 spent on your card, which converts to 1 Emirates Skywards mile.